Camilo Villegas has experienced two very different rounds at his first Open Championship. The 26-year-old Colombians 76 on Thursday included 34 putts compared to yesterday’s fantastic 66 which included only 23.
A number of factors suggest it could be putting that decides this years Open Championship. With the course playing so difficult, and some of the windiest conditions many of these players will have ever played in, it is inevitable that they are going to miss greens. This puts extra pressure on those six to ten foot putts that everyone is going to face. Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia have both missed a number of putts from close range and despite some impressive ball striking find themselves four and five shots off the lead respectively. Lee Westwood is another that missed a number of short putts early on and has failed to recover.
The greens at Royal Birkdale are not renowned to be the most undulating on the Open rota but there are very few putts being holed. With the wind even stronger this morning it will be a day of patience and anyone who holds his nerve on the greens should be in contention on Sunday.